Q: “We really want to know what paperwork requirements there are for a Weddingmoon? How long does it take?" - Tony Phillips
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It's a family tradition; your grandmother wore her mother's dress, your mother wore your grandmother's dress and now you're expected to wear that same heirloom dress at your wedding. Most likely, you're feeling a mixture of excitement to honor a treasured tradition and dread over the decades-old dress, but who says you can’t put your own twist on tradition?
Here are five creative tips to help brides try a little something different with their “something old”! Even if you have no plans to wear a family wedding dress you can still benefit from these tips on how to add some vintage glam to your wedding or bachelorette party!
Tip 1: Use buttons from her wedding dress to make chic vintage earrings.
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It's really not that hard to do; we've even found a really easy DIY tutorial on how to turn buttons into earrings. Now those classic ivory buttons that were so fifties make chic vintage earrings you can wear on your big day and everywhere else!
Tip 2: Use silk or lace ribbons from your heirloom dress as bouquet wraps.
If your mother's or grandmother's dress or veil had a lot of lace, satin or silk and you just don't know what to do with it all, try cutting off strips of the fabric to tie your bouquet flowers together. For an added bonus of sentiment, add a personal item from a beloved family member to your bouquet like a locket or pendant just like one of Sandals Resorts real wedding brides, Danielle, did on her special day.
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Q: “I want to have my dream wedding at one of your beautiful resorts. My question is what kind of priest does Sandals Resorts offer? I would like to have an Orthodox or a Catholic one! Is this possible?” - Mihaela Mosinschi
A: Miheala, you have asked a very important question about the kind of wedding ceremonies that Sandals Resorts offers with their Destination Weddings. I will share the landscape of options that are available to you since our resorts offer both civil and religious wedding ceremonies ... read more.
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We're a seasonal bunch here at Sandals Wedding Blog and we're practically bursting with excitement at the thought of one of our brides having a St. Patrick's Day themed wedding! We're actually so excited that we decided to dream up what we think our own St. Paddy's Day wedding would look like (we're big dreamers here also). With a little help from the Weddingmoons online interactive planner, we pulled a few of our favorite Kiwi and Sea Foam wedding details paired with Soft Sand for neutrality and spun a palette to make anyone 'green with envy'! Did we mention that Pantone's color of the year is Emerald Green? Seriously, you can't go wrong with this perfect Spring palette.
Love the palette but not walking down the aisle on St. Paddy's Day or anywhere near that date for that matter? Luckily for you Kiwi and Sea Foam wedding options are available all year round! Feel free to show this palette to your pre-resort wedding planner to help put your green inspired wedding look together. With an extra $500 in wedding credit to play around with, you may definitely want to consider a "Green Day" overload! Looking for more Green Day wedding inspiration? Our 'Color Green' pinterest board may be of some assistance to you. It's teeming over with bridesmaids' dresses, shoes, make-up ideas and anything else that you can imagine, all with some green behind it.
May the "luck o' the Irish" be with you on your wedding day!
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Believe it or not, Spring will soon be upon us. March is only a day away and then it's only a month until all the glorious spring weddings begin. Spring time is when the natural flora and fauna of the Caribbean isalands put on their spectacular display and show off their lush colors; for those spring time brides we want to see you do the same. Pantone has done us all the honor of releasing their 2013 Fashion Spring Report and we've got to say, these colors would make fabulous bridesmaid dresses!
Together, all of these colors have a real "island style" vibe to them. Of all the colors, we would have to say Emerald, Grayed Jade and Nectarine are colors we'd love to see on destination wedding bridesmaids. Not to mention Grayed Jade along with a bit of Dusk Blue would look fabulous with our Weddingmoons' color of Spring 2013. These colors also work well for guests to destination weddings looking for bright, springtime colors to wear at the ceremony.
If you're looking for more color inspiration feel free to follow our different color boards on Pinterest. We're always updating our boards with loads of dress styles, shoes, invitations, reception table trends etc in various Pantone related colors all at your fingertips. Now future brides, go forth and be creative with your arsenal of dress samples, catalogs and color palettes; we'll be waiting to see how you put them to good use! In the meantime, look out for us; Springtime is our favortie time of the Wedding Year!
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Q: “My husband and I want to renew our vows and we have heard great stories about sandals! I’m not sure how to go about all of this ... Please help!” - Jamie
A: "Hello Jamie,
Oh, how I love to get questions on renewal of vows! Hold on to your computer screen, this is one of my favorite topics!
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Of all the more modern wedding trends we’ve come to love in the past few years, the invention of the wedding website has got to be one of our favorites. Wedding websites have become an easy way to share the important details of your wedding with your guests as well as all the romantic, gushy details that we love to see (like that spectacular proposal video and a heartwarming “how we met” story)! Best of all, you don’t have to be a total “techie” to figure out how to set one up. Most companies have created very easy software that makes setting up your own website a piece of wedding cake!
When planning a destination wedding, the use of a wedding website becomes more important. Imagine how easy it is to keep your travelling guests in the loop by simply updating your website and reaching them all at once - that sure beats having to phone up everyone one by one. It can’t hurt to add flight and arrival time information as well as the numbers of recommended safe transport options from the airport. You can also get creative and add information about your destination, what to expect, packing recommendations, photos, registry information and the list goes on. Best of all the majority of wedding websites are free!
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(Photo Credit: Ersa Atelier 2013 Bridal)
Man oh man are we in love! 2013 is shaping up to be a gorgeous year for wedding gowns and Romanian designer Ersa Atelier's 2013 bridal collection is no exception to that. While her entire spring collection is flooring, we were really attracted to this vintage, edgy number. We don't know if it's the way the tulle bottom is haphazardly bunched around the waist or the exceptionally designed lace bodice; whatever it is about this dress we just can't take our eyes off of it. It's a perfect toss up between a traditional gown and a more modern number with a hint of edginess in the short lace skirt underneath the tulle. For a lack of a better word, it's perfect!
We don't make it a habit to beg, but we really, really wish one of our brides would show off something like this at their destination wedding and then send us a picture of it! Seriously, we're begging all of you!
Would you rock this "fabu" number down your destination aisle? Tell us!
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Q: "I want to have kids present at my wedding but I’ve come to realize that Sandals is an adult only couples resort. Are there any other options for me at all? I’ve heard about Beaches but what if I want to get married at some place specifically on a Sandals property even if I’m staying at beaches? Is there anything at all that I can do?" – From Katie